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Thursday, September 16, 2010

Training Gets Tough for GB Under-21s

THE development of the GB Men’s Under-21 handball squad continued last week, with the team travelling to Poland to take part in a three-match tournament against top club opposition.

The squad’s training regime has stepped up several gears as the coaching team tries to establish their strongest team, with seven training sessions in four days, plus three matches, really putting the players through their paces.

“It gave us the chance to assemble our best players, with the exception of Gawain Vincent who was unavailable,” said coach Bill Baillie. “So it was good for the UK based players to see the level of training required to compete at this level.

“We also carried out invaluable basic movement testing on all the players in order to help the Strength and Conditioning Coaches plan individual programmes and injury prevention programmes.

“We also had four players on trial basis with all doing well. Robert Avery and James Higgins have got potential to go on to the long list, and Mukesh Singh and David Kjaeling will be valuable players for the England youth teams.

“We are now very close to knowing our strongest squad.”

After losing out 33-20 to Polish Second Division side Leszno, they played better against First Division side Wolszyn, losing 37-31. They then took on Wolszyn Under-21s, and won 31-45.

Seb Edgar (pictured) was top-scorer over the three matches with 28, while Chris Mohr added 21 and Alex Girvan 20.

Goalkeeper Nicholas Satchwell played well, while Seb Edgar was voted best player at the event. And of the new players, James Higgins did well after moving up from England Under-17s, while Robert Avery looked sharp in goal.

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